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The Enterprise Agreement between ETD and non-teaching staff has been drafted, approved by members and Fair Work, and you have received your first salary increase of 3.5% back paid to 18 August 2011. The second increase is just 4 months away. So, what did you agree to when you voted to accept the terms of the agreement? 1. Y ou are credited with 18 days of paid, personal leave annually to cover absences due to personal illness, illness of a family member or member of your household. The leave is cumulative and will be credited on the anniversary of your commencement as permanent employee. Keep a personal record of all leave you access and as a back-up you should provide a medical certificate or, if that is not possible for you at the time, a statutory declaration. You may also access personal leave in extraordinary circumstances. You have a maximum of 4 days of paid leave to cover those unexpected situations where it is essential that you take leave from the workplace. Short-term temporary employees will be credited with 1 week of personal leave following 4 weeks continuous service and 1 day for every 4 weeks of continuous service with a maximum of 2 weeks in 12 months of continuous service. Following 12 months continuous service, short term temporary employees will be credited with 5.2 weeks (26 days) of paid personal leave and, for subsequent 12 months of service, 18 days of paid personal leave. Any personal leave with pay that is accessed counts as service.

2. Ordinary hours of work for SA2, 2/3 and 3 are 6 hours 15 minutes daily with an additional 45 minutes for lunch. For SA4 the ordinary hours are 6 hours 45 minutes with an additional 45 minutes for lunch. 3. D  uring your ordinary hours of work you must be provided with adequate time and facilities to access relevant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for work-related purposes. 4. During ordinary hours of work preschool assistants should be provided with adequate time and facilities to assist the teacher with preparation and programming that relate to the educational outcomes for students. 5. S chool assistants employed permanently or on contracts spanning multiple terms will be paid for the stand down periods between terms. SA4s will be required to work an additional 6 days during stand down periods [2 days each stand down or as negotiated with the manager]. 6. A  ll school assistants and preschool assistants are required to undertake 25 hours/4 days of professional development during the year or for Part Time employees a pro rata amount. The professional learning may be undertaken at any time during the year but the employer’s preference is for that to occur during the stand down periods. Out of hours PD counts toward the 25 hours total requirement. If you do undertake courses or training during school hours, you are required to make up the time taken

during stand down or at other times negotiated between you and your manager. 7. If you have been employed on a temporary contract for a school term or longer and are then offered a contract from the beginning of the next school year you will be entitled to pro rata annual leave, payment for public holidays and stand down from the end of the designated annual leave period. If you are offered a new contract before the first working day following 26 January, the contract commencement date will be the first date following the end of designated annual leave period. 8. T hose of you who have worked on contracts continuously for a period of at least 2 years will be considered for appointment in consultation with the Directorate and unions without undergoing a further merit process. There will be a new contract assessment associated with this process and the continuous employment will be recognised from the beginning of 2011. The AEU officers are available for consultation and advocacy on your behalf at short notice. We can meet with you either at your workplace or at a place of your choosing to discuss working conditions, health and safety and other issues. Call us.

Bill Book and Sascha Colley Schools’ Organisers

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